Cyclone Nisarga: Uddhav Thackeray holds meeting with Home Minister Shah

Elias Hubbard
June 3, 2020

Geologists have not been able to predict the landfall of cyclone Nisagra as of now but they are expecting it to make landfall nearby Mumbai and neighboring Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, and Sindhudur will also be under immediate impact of the Nisagra cyclonic storm.

The next few cyclones are expected to be named Gati suggested by India, Nivar by Iran, Burevi by Maldives, Tauktae by Myanmar and Yaas by Oman. The state government has deployed 10 teams of the National Disaster Response Force for rescue operations, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said. The financial capital is already suffering due to coronavirus. Mumbai hasn't "experienced a serious cyclone landfall since 1891", Adam Sobel, a professor of atmospheric science at Columbia University, told me.

PTI has quoted IMD director general Mrutyunjay Mohapatra as saying that the cyclone will cross the coast on the evening of 3 June with a speed of 105 to 110 kmph.

The warnings from the IMD comes days after cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc in West Bengal, claiming the lives of 98 people. It will again intensify into a cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 60-70 on June 4, according to the IMD. In the U.S. system, he says, this would be "a strong tropical storm, not quite a hurricane". However, a severe cyclonic storm can still be risky, so people should be prepared. This year's fishing ban came as an economic blow to millions of fish workers across the coast, since the nationwide lockdown to contain Covid-19 had forced them to stop fishing earlier than expected.

Mumbai is already experiencing heavy rains, strong winds and heavy tides. The deep depression titled Cyclone Nisarga is now moving northwards in the Arabian sea.

Although post-monsoon flooding is common in Mumbai in the fall, some experts fear the city isn't prepared for the high winds and storm surges that come with a cyclone.

Throughout the lockdown, said Patil, most residents have had to buy groceries from trucks and vendors that the police and civic authorities have chosen to be allowed in. More than 500 people were killed, washed away, buried in landslides, electrocuted or simply suffocated in their drowning cars.

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